Changing the MR814v2  Wireless Router  to  Access Point

 
   The MR814v2 wireless router can often be purchased for $40 or less. The wireless access point cost much more. It is possible to use the hub/wireless features of the MR814v2 without using the router part.
  I already had a router when I bought the MR814v2. I really just wanted the wireless and hub section. DLSREPORTS has some user experiences converting the MR814v2 to a wireless access point. I used these as a starting point for my conversion.  Following screen shots show my configuration. You must be logged into the MR814v2 as admin to make the changes.
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Basic settings

This is the basic settings page presented when you browse http://192.168.0.1. No internet connection settings are needed since the MR814v2 is operated as an access point. Click Apply after you have made the changes.
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Wireless settings.

When configuring the wireless settings it is important to set the SSID, disable broadcast, enable 128-bit encryption and generate a security key. These settings will help keep un-authorized people from using your wireless network. Apply the settings after making all the changes - remember to change your wireless devices to use the same SSID, Encryption, and security key.
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Lan Settings

This was the most confusing part of the setup. The MR814v2 would report an error unless I set acceptable IP address and DHCP address's even though I had DHCP disabled. My router is at 192.168.0.1 and my home network DHCP starts at 192.168.0.100. I chose an address for the MR814v2 which would be addressable by my home network but out of the home network DHCP range. I configured the MR814v2 DHCP range so I could get past the error message.  Once you Apply the settings you will need to reconnect using http://192.168.0.19.
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WAN settings

The only change I made on this configuration page was to disable automatic WAN connect. Since I already have a router I do not need the MR814v2 connecting to the WAN.
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Schematic of my home network

My home network starts with SBC DSL WIreSpeed modem. Next I have a D-Link 704 router. I have a white box, Compaq, and iMac connected to the D-Link. The NetGear MR814v2  wireless router has a white box connected to it. My wireless devices are Acer travelmate notebooks with NetGear MA401 cards. The MR814v2 is a better router than the D-Link 704, however I need the wireless access at the opposite end of my home.
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